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Vandals spray paint Confederate Monument hours after protests

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Protesters and supporters of the Confederate Monument in Forest Park verbally clashed Tuesday night over whether the memorial should be removed. (Credit: KMOV) Protesters and supporters of the Confederate Monument in Forest Park verbally clashed Tuesday night over whether the memorial should be removed. (Credit: KMOV)
Spray paint seen on the Confederate Monument in Forest Park early Wednesday morning (Credit: KMOV) Spray paint seen on the Confederate Monument in Forest Park early Wednesday morning (Credit: KMOV)
Spray paint seen on the Confederate Monument in Forest Park early Wednesday morning (Credit: KMOV) Spray paint seen on the Confederate Monument in Forest Park early Wednesday morning (Credit: KMOV)
Spray paint seen on the Confederate Monument in Forest Park early Wednesday morning (Credit: KMOV) Spray paint seen on the Confederate Monument in Forest Park early Wednesday morning (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Hours after protesters and supporters of the Confederate Monument in Forest Park verbally clashed Tuesday night, vandals spray painted the monument.

The protesters and supporters clashed over whether the memorial should be removed. A large number of St. Louis Police officers stood by and only intervened when the arguing got tense.  No arrests were made.

"This has nothing to do with racism," said one man holding a Confederate flag.

"We thought we'd come down and represent the patriots and confederates that fought in the war," said one protester.

Protesters placed a Black Lives Matter sign on the memorial and some were seen spitting on the memorial.

"What this is, you see a man going off to war," said a protester describing the monument as he was debating supporters. "In reality what he was doing was fighting to keep black families in chains."

Hours after the protest, vandals spray painted graphic language on the monument.

Earlier this month, St. Louis City Alderwoman Sharon Tyus presented a bill aimed at taking down the monument. 

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones has started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $25,000 to remove the statue. 

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